Become a Police Officer

Do you want to do something worthwhile? Are you looking for a career that provides new and challenging situations daily? The Greenville Police Department is the place for hard-working men and women who thrive on challenges. There is no doubt that this can be a tough and unpredictable job, but it is also the most rewarding career you will ever have. Every day when you put on your uniform, you will go to work making life safer and more secure for your friends and neighbors.

Hiring Requirements

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have or be able to obtain a valid South Carolina driver's license
  • Have not had a driver's license suspension during the last 5 years for DUI; leaving the scene of an accident; reckless homicide or involuntary manslaughter
  • Have never been convicted of a felony or Criminal Domestic Violence
  • Have never been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude or a misdemeanor carrying a possible sentence of more than 1 year
  • Have not defaulted on a student loan
  • Have a good credit history
Once employed as a police officer, you will attend the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia for 12 weeks. Certified officers from other states and military police may qualify for a six-week focus on the legal portion of the academy or a challenge test. The Greenville Police Department's Field Training Program is 600 hours (may be abbreviated for prior experience) and the probationary period is one year.

Starting Salary

  • $17.37 per hour ($38,839.75 based on 43-hour week)
  • $18.07 per hour ($40,393.34 annually based on 43-hour week)
    • Associate degree
    • Qualified veteran (includes those who have been honorably discharged from military service and those actively serving in Reserve or Guard forces)
    • Qualified prior (non-lateral) policing experience
  • $18.79 per hour ($42,009.07 annually based on 43-hour week)
    • Bachelor's/Master's degree
  • Language Incentive – add one step above base salary upon certification (see pay structure chart). For new hires, add one step after certification and completion of Field Training Program.
  • Lateral Police Officer - grade and pay step placement based upon experience and formal training. 


  • Take home car program after successful completion of Field Training Program
  • Tuition reimbursement up to $5,000 per fiscal year for approved undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Longevity bonuses paid every 5th year
  • 28-year retirement
  • 11 (8-hour) holidays per year
  • Annual leave time as follows:
    • 1st year of employment: 13 days
    • 2nd through 10th years: 18 days
    • 11th through 20th years: 23 days
    • 21st year and beyond: 28 days